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Germany really surprised me. I wasn’t sure what to expect from my visit there, but I ended up very much enjoying my time there, even if I did go very much off-the-beaten-track (I didn’t make it to Berlin OR Munich).

My 13 Best Photos of 2013

It’s the time of year that all bloggers start trotting out their “best of” posts to show off what they’ve been up to during the year. Since 2013 was quite an eventful year for me–one where I quit my job and travelled to 13 countries, only 4 of which I’d visited before–I felt that, of…

Photo of the Week: Perched Above the Rhine

As part of my ongoing preparation for the first of two Three Peaks Challenges at the end of the month, I began my trip to Germany by doing a three-day hike on the relatively new Rheinsteig track. Established in 2005, this track encompasses over 320km of hills, castles, wineries, and villages in 23 day-long stages.…

Photo of the Week: Calm in Cologne Cathedral

I’ve been to a number of European cathedrals, but I was still blown away by Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral). I was impressed by the sheer size of the building as I stood, feeling very minute, under its towering spires. It’s easy to see how construction could have taken over 600 years (it started in 1248…

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